A warm front will bring snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain to Southern New England late Monday afternoon into Monday night. It does not look like a major snow producer, but the combination of the timing and fact that the ground is frozen solid after a week’s worth of sub-freezing weather could lead to some hazardous travel during and after the Monday evening commute. The precipitation comes with a warm front that is the leading edge of milder weather that will move in for the midweek.
- Most of the RI and SE MA are in the 0-2″ range with a change to sleet then rain – most computer models are showing about an inch of snow before the change, but it’s possible the models are overestimating how quickly the cold air will be scoured out by the approaching front
- Farther inland, a minor snow accumulation will likely be followed by freezing rain or drizzle. Slick roads are likely through Monday night into Tuesday morning’s commute in those areas
- On the Cape/Islands the precipitation may start as snow with a very minor accumulation before a change to rain Monday evening
- Looking farther ahead, there is the potential for strong, potentially damaging winds as a wicked cold front moves through Wednesday night. Gusts over 50 mph are possible at the RI coast and in all of Southeastern MA. The front will also be accompanied by heavy rain showers and temperatures surging into the upper 40s to mid 50s